Fil-Heritage Pole Vaulter Alorro keeps countries medal chances alive for 2013 SEA Games (rev 1)
Article by Pirie Enzo
I would like to thank Mr Armando Alorro. (Julio’s father) for providing me with this information and sharing this information on his son to the Philippine Community. Each time we find a ‘genuine Filipino-Heritage’ athlete with genuine official performances we endeavour to publish and share this information with the Filipino Athletic Community to help “Support are Athletes”
A new Pole Vaulting talent of Filipino-Heritage has emerged in the NCAA Collegiate system in the United States.
He’s a dual Filipino-US citizen being born in Quezon City and naturalized in 2006. He then took oath at the Phil. consulate last year to become a Filipino citizen again.
Julio Alorro is hoping to end are medal drought in the Mens Pole Vault at the SEA Games. The last two SEA Games 2009 and 2011 the Philippines has not had an entry in the mens pole vault. Are last medal at the sea games was back in 2007 when veteran Pole Vaulter and now national coach Emerson Obiena leapt 4.70m to win the bronze at the 2007 SEA Games. Alorro would become the fourth fil-heritage pole vaulter to represent the country following Lasquette, Utzurun and Deb Sampson .
Carrying on a legacy
National Coach and Asian Masters Record Holder Obiena is one of the two men who is ahead of him with a career best of 4.95m (back in 1999 at the age of 33). 22-year old Alorro (born July 17, 1990) who has a best leap of 4.91m is the third best Filipino male of all-time. Alorro follows in the footsteps of a legacy left by another great fil-heritage athlete and olympian Edward Lasquette of San Jose, California.
Lasquette who represented the Philippines at the Barcelona Olympics still holds the National Record which he leapt to qualify and at the starting height of the Olympic Games clearing a height of 5.00m on the 5th of August, 1992. The bar was then raised to 5.20m and Lasquette was eliminated from the competition. Lasquette was 21 years old when he reached the peak of his powers. Yet Obiena peaked much later than his rival.
SEA Games 2011 Medalists and Comparisson to SEA opponents
Alorro leap of 4.91m is well above the Bronze medal placer in the last sea games Edwin Xung of Singapore who leapt 4.70m, still some work is needed to catch the Thailand Duo who won Gold and Silver Kreeta Sintawacheewa and Sompong Saombunka who leapt 5.10 and 5.00 meters respectivelly.
According to the Southeast Asia Athletics Annual 2011/12 by Jad Adrian Washif, ATFS: Saombunka holds the thai national record at 5.23m, and Sintawacheewa had jumped 5.10,5.10 and 5.20 before the sea games. Apart from that Alorro is ranked third as the next best vaulter recorded in 2011/12 is Sean Lim Zi Qing of Singapore (National Junior and Senior record) whose leap of 4.81m is 10cm below Alorro personal best.
Alorro would really like a shot at the 2013 SEA Games
Alorro best leap of 4.91m was set at the Lion’s last chance meet at the College of New Jersey on 17/5/2012 which saw him qualify for the NCAA Division 3 Championship.
Event 15 Men Pole Vault
Name Year School Seed Finals
1 Alorro, Julio Tcnj 4.80m 4.91m 16-01.25
2 Taylor, Joseph Christopher 4.41m 4.61m 15-01.50
3 Coleman, Mick Widener 4.65m 4.51m 14-09.50
4 Roethel, Richard Christopher 4.55m 4.06m 13-03.75
– Cole, Elvis Jersey Stars 4.80m NH
– Fishman, David Christopher 4.27m NH
– Gold, Colin Tcnj 4.50m NH
Representing the College of New Jersey Alorro took twelfth place by a hairline at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in Claremont California with a leap of 4.85m missing 4.95m which would have gained him all american status. 4.91m ties him for 15th in the nation in the collegiate ranks.
In his last year of school Alorro is currently doing an internship with Johnson and Johnson as a financial analyst. As the performances in the United States are measured in feet and inches into meters I had to use this web tool to convert the jumps.
Alorro clears 4.85m at the NCAA Div III Champs for more videos click here.
More articles here:
Filipino All-Time List Mens Pole Vault
|1||5.00||Edward Lasquette||311271||Barcelona, Spain||05.08.92|
|5||4.60||Djundi Binas||170881||Palayan City||23.06.06|
|6||4.55||Dario de Rosas||80963||Singapore||17.08.86|
|8||4.50||Jose Isaias Utzurrun||Manila||30.11.91|
|10||4.40||Fidel Gallenero||300473||Kuala Lumpur||18.05.01|
(a comparison of this event with athletes on Mens Pole Vault with the ranking list will follow later this month)
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